Neil Swainson is one of Canada’s top jazz musicians—a consummate bass player and band leader. He is a five time Juno winner, having started playing professionally in his home town of Victoria BC, backing visiting musicians including Herb Ellis, Sonny Stitt, and Barney Kessell. Swainson has been a leading player on the Toronto jazz scene ever since, playing with local and visiting luminaries including Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, James Moody, George Coleman, Jay McShann, Tommy Flanagan, Lee Konitz, Joe Farrell, Slide Hampton, and Woody Shaw.
He worked with Woody Shaw internationally, too, frequently in New York and on several European tours. He has appeared on two Woody Shaw recordings: Solid (Muse 5329) and In My Own Sweet Way (In & Out 7003). For this gig, Swainson performs with a paired-down and classic trio format including two of Toronto’s most in-demand performers, Perry White on saxophone, and Reg Schwager on guitar.